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Finance officer

Alternative titles for this job include Financial officer, finance clerk, treasurer

Finance officers help to manage the finances of an organisation by keeping track of its income and controlling its spending.

Average salary (a year)

£19,500 Starter

to

£34,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 39 a week

You could work

between 8am and 6pm

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How to become a finance officer

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • applying directly

University

Some employers may ask for a relevant degree in a subject like:

  • finance
  • accounting
  • business studies

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree

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College

You may find it useful to do a college course, which could help you get a trainee job with a financial firm. Courses include:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping
  • Level 2 Certificate in Accounting
  • Level 3 Certificate in Financial Studies
  • T Level in Accounting

Entry requirements

You may need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths for a T level

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Apprenticeship

You can get into this job through an assistant accountant advanced apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

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Work

You could start out as a finance assistant or accounts assistant and then work your way into this role after getting experience.

Direct Application

If you want to apply directly for jobs you’ll usually need GCSEs, including maths and English.

A levels in maths, business studies or economics may also be useful.

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Further information

You can find out more about careers in finance from The London Institute of Banking and Finance.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of economics and accounting
  • business management skills
  • maths knowledge
  • analytical thinking skills
  • financial management skills
  • leadership skills
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

As part of your day-to-day duties, you could:

  • record financial transactions on computer systems
  • produce financial forecasts
  • deal with payroll, invoices, expenses and VAT
  • resolve payment queries for external contractors
  • carry out financial audits
  • create monthly, quarterly and annual budget reports
  • present report findings to finance managers

Working environment

You could work in an office.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience, you could become a senior finance officer, finance manager or train to be an accountant.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Service Charge / Accountants Apprentice

  • Wage: £253.12 Weekly
  • Location: Swadlincote

Apprentice Learning Support Assistant

  • Wage: £130.50 - £246.30 Weekly
  • Location: Bridgwater

Courses In England

BTEC Extended Diploma in Business Administration

  • Provider: EAST NORFOLK SIXTH FORM COLLEGE
  • Start date: 05 September 2022
  • Location: Great Yarmouth

Level 1 Diploma in Skills for Business Administration and Digital Marketing

  • Provider: WESTMINSTER CITY COUNCIL
  • Start date: 27 September 2021
  • Location: London

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